CLass A CDL Driver - Kent, WA

Employer: Northwest Harvest

Job Description:
Class A CDL Driver, Kent
Job Title: Class A CDL Driver
22220 68th Ave S
Kent, WA, 98032
United States
Employee Type: Non-Exempt

Northwest Harvest is Washington’s leading hunger relief agency – supporting a statewide network of 375 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools. Focused on improving equity in our food system, Northwest Harvest believes everyone in Washington should have consistent access to nutritious food that nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. In addition to making sure those who suffer from hunger have increased access to healthy food, Northwest Harvest aims to shift public opinion, as well as impact institutional policies and societal practices that perpetuate hunger, poverty, and disparities in our state. Learn more at

The CDL Driver – Class A position is a full-time position that reports to the Kent Outbound Supervisor. This position follows the procedures and standards established in the Warehouse Operations Manual. The purpose of this position is for the safe and efficient transportation of freight while being an ambassador of the agency to our additional sites and network Food Banks within Washington state. This position requires a Monday thru Friday schedule with the possibility of overnight trips as needed.

This role engages in cutting hunger rates in half by 2028 through preparation and distribution of healthy and nutritious food to a diverse network within Washington State, while collectively and collaboratively empowering the professional lives of NWH employees to be challenging and fulfilling.

This is a full-time position working Monday-Friday with shift schedules ranging from 6am to 5pm, with the most common shift being from 6am-2:30pm. There will be some single night overnight stays on a monthly rotation with other drivers when delivering to our Yakima and Spokane locations. Currently overnight shifts are 1-2 per month, subject to change.

Driving Duties and overall expectations: 70%
Operates commercial motor vehicle in a safe and efficient manner.
Maintains clean driving record.
Immediately reports any traffic violations, accidents or property damage to Warehouse Supervisor.
Follows route given and communicates immediately with Warehouse Supervisor or destination staff if change in schedule becomes necessary.
Cooperates with internal and external customers, suppliers and others with honesty, integrity, and respectful manner.
Performs daily inspection of vehicle as required by NWH to ensure the vehicle is in safe operating condition.
Willingly complies with all regulatory requirements including, state, federal, local laws, agency and customer statutes or rules.
Notifies supervisor when maintenance/repairs are necessary.
Always maintains vehicle cleanliness inside and out.
Performs minor maintenance of vehicles.
Understands and supports the NHW Mission and Values.
Helps to maintain the cleanliness of the warehouse.
Performs other duties as requested by supervisor or home warehouse management.
Maintains professional appearance and is easily identifiable as NWH employee by attire worn.
Completes accurate, legible daily paperwork as required.
Performs quality spot checks of products delivered or picked up.
Acts as liaison between the food banks, donors and warehouse staff.

Loading and unloading: 20%
Responsible for loading and unloading of vehicle
Operates forklifts, pallet jacks and other warehouse equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
Assists with loading and unloading of other NWH vehicles if available.

Warehouse: 5%
Collectively and collaboratively assists with the warehouse team when needed.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Equity and Inclusion
Demonstrate the initiative to learn and enhance skills that promote anti-racism, cultural competency and an understanding of oppression and its impact.
Participate in intentional learning efforts, including events relating to understanding and dismantling institutional racism and building cultural competency.

Internal: Frequent contact with all staff. Communicate daily to ask questions, receive and provide information, discuss transportation issues, explain or interpret policies and practices, and provide direction and support leaders and staff regarding transportation issues.
External: Regular contact with stakeholders, vendors, and professional associates and networks, Acts as an ambassador to the Northwest Harvest brand.

A combination of the real-life experience, education, and training listed below which provides an equivalent background to perform the work of this position.

Knowledge of:
Local, state and federal applicable Department of Transportation regulations.
Ability to communicate effectively with donors, staff, and general public.
Able to endure 8 hours per day physical work.
Ability to hook and unhook trailers from tractor.
Experience Operating forklifts and pallet jacks.
Willingness to work flexible hours including some overnight trips.
proficient computer skills (Microsoft Office and ability to learn new systems quickly).
Ability to use a smart phone to obtain daily route plan and interact with Dispatch and Supervisory staff.
Ability to speak a second language or ability to speak Spanish is preferred.

Physical Requirements:
Prolonged periods sitting in a trailer cab for long periods of time.
Must be able to lift and move up to 50 pounds at a time.

Ability To:
Understand individuals who have experienced poverty or food insecurity.
Demonstrate interest and commitment to supporting equity and inclusion for members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA+ populations and people living with disabilities.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and leadership to assure a high degree of mutual accountability.
Analyze issues, synthesize information, make decisions and learn from mistakes.
Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, including the ability to listen effectively and to explain complex issues and applicable legal requirements, policies, and procedures to staff and leaders.
Ask questions to understand the merits of different approaches and shift strategies in response to demands of a situation.
Ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities.
Ability to drive in winter conditions over the mountain pass. Check WSDOT for weather advisories and plan accordingly making sure to abide by chain requirements during winter months.

2 years previous professional driving experience or related experience.
Experience in a nonprofit organization is desired but not required.
Excellent writing and analytical skills

Must pass Department of Transportation physical exam and pre-employment drug test as required by federal and/or state department/s of transportation regulations.

Must hold required and Valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL Class A), current DOT card, and no serious traffic violations while operating a commercial motor vehicle in the last three (3) years.
Forklift/pallet jack certification (or the ability to be certified within two months of hire).

The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job. As an adaptive organization, responsibilities can and will change in alignment with greater efficiencies and mission metrics.

Northwest Harvest offers a competitive salary and generous benefits which include but are not limited to paid time off, health/vision/dental insurance, and 401(k) retirement plan.
Pay range for this position is $24.00 - $26.00 hourly negotiable.

Northwest Harvest (NWH) is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. NWH does not discriminate with regards to hiring, assignment, promotion or other conditions of staff employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other status protected under local, state or federal law.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, upon request, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of our positions.

Contact Person:
Location: Yakima, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $24 - $26 HR

Posted on August 17, 2021

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